The Stringfield Springers

The Stringfield Springers brought their terrific old-time good-fun high-spirited front-porch string-band music to Stage 33, just outside the WOOL studio, in conjunction with WOOL’s annual silent auction, the Thanksgiving Greater Falls Farmer’s Market, and the greater BF3F third-Friday party in Bellows Falls on November 17, 2017. Plus they brought in a guy from Arkansas with his genwine Straddlevarious as a ringer. A couple sawing fiddles, a pair of percolating banjoleles, a thoroughly western guitar, and a cello on the bottom, with half-shouted vocals by your country uncle and cousin, all stuffed onto that little stage. What’s not to love?!

Draa Hobbs and John Stowell

Draa Hobbs and John Stowell stopped by Stage 33, just outside the WOOL-FM studio, for a sit-down and a couple songs. They’ll be bringing tasty jazz guitar to Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, Vermont, on December 2, 2017. More info at www.mainstreetarts.org

“Draa Hobbs plays in the tradition of classic jazz guitar, but he has found his own voice. He’s a player in the moment, creating melodies and avoiding cliches. He has a warm dark sound and swings with the best of them.” www.draahobbs.com

“John is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart.” www.johnstowell.com

Jailhouse Rock

And here it is:

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Advance warning for the September 6 Monsters & Hamsters show. Put it on your calendar. We’re gonna watch Jailhouse Rock on the radio: Steve Chelmsford (host of the syndicated program The Mop Tops & The King), his lovely bride Nancy, and me. And you.

Scare up a copy, queue it up, pop some corn, turn your video sound down and your radio sound up, hit play when we do, and we’ll make our own commentary track. We won’t be able to hear you (our loss), but you’ll hear us (hopefully not your loss).

Until a couple days ago, the whole movie was on YouTube – but a copyright claim was made and it’s gone now. They musta got wind of our plan. Because that’s just how much power we wield.

It’ll be entertaining even if you don’t have the video running. Honest.

Monsters & Hamsters on WOOL-FM 91.5 around here or streaming from www.wool.fm over there at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays, all times Eastern zone.

(Mop Tops & The King? www.themoptopsandtheking.com … Airing on Black Sheep Radio on Thursday afternoons at 3:00, and again in the wee early hours on Sundays at 5:00.)

Willa Mamet + Paul Miller

Two voices, one guitar, rare depth. Willa Mamet and Paul Miller stopped by the station this weekend on their way from Boston to points north, and we recorded a sit-down and a live preview of their upcoming performance with Cheryl Wheeler at Next Stage Arts in Putney on September 9. Be forewarned that it’s likely to sell out.

Tune in during the first hour this week for this treat. Seriously. Treat.

Find more info about the upcoming concert at www.nextstagearts.org/event/cheryl-wheeler-and-willa-mamet-paul-miller/?instance_id=19953 and more info about Willa and Paul at www.kitchen-table-music.com

Monsters and Hamsters, Wednesdays on WOOL 91.5 around here and streaming everywhere else from www.wool.fm starting at 7:00 PM Eastern.

Vermont Headstones

Gonna kick off the first hour this week with a field recording by Stewart Read taken at the historic Rockingham (Vermont) Meeting House of a performance of the evocative contemporary classical Vermont Headstones song cycle composed by Stanley Charkey and performed by Donald Wilkinson on voice, Mary Cicconetti on oboe, and Anya Schemetyeva on viola.

Starts at 7:00 PM Eastern on WOOL-FM 91.5 in these parts, and streaming live from www.wool.fm in the other parts.

Sam Creigh In the House

Sam’s gonna be back in the studio with us this week at 7:00! It’s been almost a year since the last time, so it’s probably safe again by now. He’s promised to bring his guitar, and he let it spill that he’s written a jingle for WOOL so we’ll be sure to strangle that out of him.

As (almost) always, it’s an open studio so feel free to drop in. If you’re a musician, bring your music thing and back him up; if you’re an aficionado, bring your aficio and clap along.

WOOL-FM 91.5 around here, streaming from www.wool.fm over there, studio’s at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls, phone number’s 802-460-9665 ext 100, showtime’s 7:00 PM on Wednesday.

David Olney Interview, plus the fabled Hungrytown In-Studio

Every now and then I manage to scrape a show together that’s a really good monster. This week’s will be one of those. Seriously, catch it if you can. A conversation with David Olney will kick it off – that’s right, the big-deal Nashville songer who’s written with and been covered by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury, and the list goes on.

And then in the second hour, I’m trotting out that super-fun in-studio with Hungrytown from just over a year ago. It’s time to soak in that wide-ranging good time again.

Here’s the thing: David Olney, with bassist Daniel Seymour, plus Hungrytown are performing in Wardsboro VT on July 22. And, amazingly, it’s a paltry $10 ticket. Yow. I think that has a lot to do with Wardsboro Curtain Call, the fine people mounting this show, being an all-volunteer effort. Much like your favorite community radio station, WOOL-FM. Find details about the show at www.wardsborocurtaincall.net

2014 interviews REDUX

About a month and a half ago, I was going to replay a couple big-deal interviews I did in 2014 with Mary Gauthier and Gurf Morlix. But, as you’ll recall, the whole damn station went down for about three hours just as they were about to start.

Well, I’m going to try again this week starting in the 8:00 PM hour. Gauthier and Gurf… plus a newer one with The Ladles, because Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche played at Next Stage last weekend and The Ladles remind me of the Roches.

First hour will be PSAs and papers!

Ticket Giveaway: Lucy Wainwright Roche + Suzzy Roche

Psst. This is Mark from Monsters and Hamsters, Wednesday nights from 7 to 9. Lucy Wainwright Roche is gonna be playing Next Stage in Putney on Saturday, May 13, and she’s bringing her mom, Suzzy Roche. I’ve got a couple pair of tickets to give away on my next show. The Roche family is like the Baldwin brothers, but better: it’s music instead of acting, and there’s more of ’em. Lucy cut her teeth singing backup for her brother Rufus Wainwright, opening for her dad Loudon Wainwright III, and touring and performing with folks like Dar Williams, Neko Case, Amos Lee, The Indigo Girls, and Over the Rhine. Her mom Suzzy was in one of modern folk’s most celebrated bands, The Roches. More info about the May 13 concert online at nextstagearts.org… and I’ll have tickets to give away during my show sometime after 7:00 this Wednesday night, May 10. Tune in: Monsters & Hamsters on WOOL-FM 91.5 or streaming everywhere from www.wool.fm

Lucy Wainwright Roche with special guest Suzzy Roche